|Rag Radio 2013-05-17 - Political Economist Gar Alperovitz, Author of "What Then Must We Do?" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Historian and Political Economist Gar Alperovitz discusses his new book,"What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution," with Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and The Rag Blog's Roger Baker. Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, and is a former ...
Keywords: Gar Alperovitz; Historian; Political Economists; Authors; Thorne Dreyer; Socialism; Political Activism
|Rag Radio 2013-05-10 - Journalism Prof & Activist Robert Jensen, Author of "Arguing for our Lives" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Robert Jensen is a widely-published writer and author, a political activist, and a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics. On the show, we discuss issues raised in Jensen's latest book, "Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog." The book has been described as a "lively primer on critical thinking.....
Keywords: Robert Jensen; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Authors; Journalists; Radical Activists; Arguing for Our Lives; Critical Thinking; Rhetoric
|Rag Radio 2013-05-03 - 'Radio Unnameable': Free-Form Radio Pioneer Bob Fass & Filmmaker Paul Lovelace - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Bob Fass, who was born June 29, 1933, is an American radio legend who was a pioneer of free-form radio and who has been on the air in the New York region for almost 50 years. His late-night program, "Radio Unnameable," was first broadcast in 1963 on listener-sponsored Pacifica radio station, WBAI. From the beginning the show featured regular appearances by counterculture figures such as Paul Krassner, Bob Dylan, Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Wavy Gravy, and broadca...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Bob Fass; Paul Lovelace; Thorne Dreyer; Radio Unnameable; Radio Personalities; Filmmakers; Yippies; Sixties; Pacifica; WBAI; Countercultural; Free-Form Radio; New York Radio
|Rag Radio 2013-04-26 - Pedro Gatos & Val Liveoak on Cuba, Nicaragua & the Global South - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
A fresh look at Cuba, Nicaragua, and the Global South with peace activists Pedro Gatos and Val Liveoak. We discuss the legacy of Hugo Chavez, Cuba in transition, genocide trials in Guatemala, and the region's growing challenge to U.S. hegemony. Pedro Gatos (aka Pete Katz) is an activist, a specialist in Latin American politics and history, a radio show host, and a licensed chemical dependency counselor...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Pedro Gatos; Val Liveoak; Thorne Dreyer; Cuba; Hugo Chavez; Nicaragua; Global South; Latin America
|Rag Radio 2013-04-13 - Sixties Activists and Original Yippies Judy Gumbo Albert & Nancy Kurshan - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Judy Gumbo Albert and Nancy Kurshan were original members of the Youth International Party -- the Yippies -- along with their respective partners, Stew Albert and Jerry Rubin, and others like Abbie Hoffman, Anita Hoffman, and Paul Krassner. The Yippies were an anarchist-leaning Sixties group known for their street theater and symbolic political actions that merged New Left and countercultural values...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Judy Gumbo Albert; Nancy Kurshan; Yippies; Sixties; New Left; Counterculture; Prison Reform; Underground Press
|Rag Radio 2013-04-05 - Anti-Gun Violence Activists John Woods & Claire Wilson James - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
John Woods was a student at Virginia Tech on April 6, 2007, when a gunman killed 32 people on campus, including his girlfriend, Maxine Turner. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Woods was a National Merit Scholar who graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2007. He moved to Texas to begin his doctoral work in molecular biology at UT-Austin, where he is a National Science Foundation Fellow. John was a founder of Students for Gun-Free Schools in Texas and is now a board member of Texas Gun Sens...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; John Woods; Claire Wilson James; Gun Violence; Gun Law Reform; Charles Whitman; Mass Shootings; University of Texas; Virginia Tech
|Rag Radio 2013-03-29 - 'Bronx Butch' Memoirist Annie Rachele Lanzillotto - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is an Italian-American lesbian memoirist, poet, performance artist, singer, and songwriter who lives in New York. She is the author of "L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir," published in 2013 by the State University of New York Press. The memoir deals with a range of issues including Annie's Italian-American upbringing, her father's PTSD and his physical abuse of her mother; her two bouts with cancer, and her coming to terms with her sexuality...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Annie Rachele Lanzillotto; Authors; Lesbians; Performance Artists
|Rag Radio 2013-03-22 - Progressive Sportswriter and Author Dave Zirin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Dave Zirin has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin writes about the politics of sports for The Nation where he is the first sportswriter in 150 years of the publication's existence. His latest book is the acclaimed "Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down," which Christine Brennan of USA Today called "the perfect book for our time in sports." Wi...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Dave Zirin; Thorne Dreyer; Sportswriters; Authors
|Rag Radio 2013-03-15 - Arhoolie Records Founder Chris Strachwitz and Filmmakers Maureen Gosling & Chris Simon - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Born in Germany, Chris Strachwitz came to the United States after World War II. He developed a love for roots and blues music and in 1960 established the indie record label, Arhoolie. He traveled to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints, and returned with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music. Strachwitz brought performers such as bluesmen Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Tejano musicians Flaco Jiménez and Lydia Mendo...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Chris Strachwitz; Maureen Gosling; Chris Simon; Ahoolie Records; Popular Music; Music Producers; Filmmakers; Roots Music; This Ain’t No Mouse Music!; SXSW
|Rag Radio 2013-03-09 - Novelist, Educator & Immigrant Rights Activist David S. McCabe - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
David McCabe is the author of "Without Sin," a novel inspired by actual events in Oceanside, California, where federal and county officials shut down a sex trafficking ring that exploited young, undocumented women. The novel chronicles the exploits of a young border patrol agent and a 17-year-old Mexican prostitute as they struggle to come to terms with the increasing violence and changing politics that govern the borderlands dividing their countries...
Keywords: David McCabe, Thorne Dreyer, Immigrant Rights, Novelists, Educators, Without Sin, Sex Trafficking, Rag Radio
|Rag Radio 2013-03-01 - Austin Chronicle Editor & SXSW Co-Founder Louis Black - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Louis Black is the editor of The Austin Chronicle, Austin’s major weekly newspaper, which he co-founded with Nick Barbaro in 1981. In 1987 Black co-founded South by Southwest Music, Interactive and Film Festivals and Conferences, along with Barbaro and Roland Swenson. SXSW Music is the largest music festival and music industry event in the world; SXSW Interactive is arguably the largest event of its kind in the world; and SXSW Film has become one of the preeminent film festivals in the country...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Louis Black; SXSW; Austin Music; Music Festivals; Independent Film; Austin Chronicle
|Rag Radio 2013-02-22 - Documentary Filmmaker Anne Lewis - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Anne Lewis is an independent filmmaker, a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Texas State Employees Union (TSEU-CWA Local 6186) and NABET-CWA. She has been making documentary films since 1970. Most of her filmmaking depicts working class people -- often women -- fighting for social change. Lewis is associated with Appalshop, an arts and education center located in the heart of Appalachia...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Anne Lewis; Documentary Filmmakers; Thorne Dreyer
|Rag Radio 2013-02-15 - Music Journalist & Musician Hector Saldaña of The Krayolas - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Music journalist and rock musician Hector Saldaña and his brother David co-founded The Krayolas -- the pioneering San Antonio-based '70s "power pop" garage band that was hailed as the “Tex-Mex Beatles" -- in 1975. The Krayolas have had four hit albums since the brothers brought the group back to life in 2007 after a 21-year hiatus. Hector is The Krayolas' chief songwriter and plays rhythm guitar and harmonica for the group and is also senior staff writer and music columnist at the San Antonio...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Hector Saldana; The Krayolas; KOOP; David Saldana; Thorne Dreyer; Rock Musicians; Tejano Music; San Antonio Music
|Rag Radio 2013-02-08 - Civil Liberties Lawyer Marjorie Heins, Author of 'Priests of Our Democracy' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Marjorie Heins, a civil liberties lawyer, writer, and teacher – and author of the new book, “Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge” -- is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio. Heins founded and directed the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project and was the founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project. She twice was named a “First Amendment Hero” and won the Luther McNair Award from the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts fo...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Marjorie Heins; Academic Freedom; Civil Liberties; Anti-Communism
|Rag Radio 2013-02-01 - Writer & Musician Jesse Sublett, Author of 'Grave Digger Blues' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Jesse Sublett is an Austin, Texas-based author & musician -- and this show features live musical and spoken word performance. Sublett's influence on the Austin music scene dates to the late 1970s, when he founded the seminal punk band, The Skunks, and continues today. His published books include crime novels set in the Austin scene -- Rock Critic Murders, Tough Baby, and Boiled In Concrete. His music-murder-and-cancer memoir, Never the Same Again (2004), has been hailed by artists like James Ell...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Jesse Sublett; Thorne Dreyer; Musicians; Authors
|Rag Radio 2013-01-25 - Economist Robert Pollin, Author of "Back to Full Employment" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Progressive economist, activist, and author Robert Pollin joins us to discuss issues raised in his provocative new book, "Back to Full Employment," published by MIT Press. The Rag Blog's Roger Baker also participates in the discussion. Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect writes that Pollin's "important new book... deserves a broad hearing. Today’s economy is so anemic that nothing less than a new commitment to full employment will get us out of the ditch dug by a generation of neo-liberali...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Robert Pollin; Economists; Authors; Full Employment
|Rag Radio 2013-01-18 - Mike McGuire & Lisa Fithian on Occupy & 'We Are Many' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Mike McGuire and Lisa Fithian discuss the legacy and future of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and, more specifically, the 2012 AK Press anthology, "We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation." According to The Rag Blog's Ron Jacobs, the book -- which compiles the work of more than 50 writers, artists, and photographers -- has the "best overall take to date on the meaning of Occupy, its shortcomings and strengths, and its potential future." Mike McGuire was co-e...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Mike McGuire; Lisa Fithian; Occupy Wall Street; We Are Many; Social Action; Authors
|Rag Radio 2013-01-11 - Black Feminist Beth E Richie, Author of "Arrested Justice" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Beth E. Richie is Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Richie has been an activist and an advocate in the movement to end violence against women for the past 25 years. Her newest book is "Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation." In the book, through the compelling stories of Black women who have been most affected...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Beth E Richie; Thorne Dreyer; Feminists; African-Americans
|Rag Radio 2012-12-21 - Sixties Music Legends Powell St John and Charlie Prichard - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Texas Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter and musician Powell St. John performed in Austin in the early Sixties with the Waller Creek Boys, a folk blues trio that included Janis Joplin (who later made a hit of Powell's song, "Bye, Bye, Baby"). He founded the iconic Austin band, St. John and the Conqueroo (later just the Conqueroo), and wrote six songs for the 13th Floor Elevators’ first two albums...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Powell St John; Charlie Prichard; Thorne Dreyer; Conqueroo; Mother Earth; Sixties Musicians; Austin Music; Austin History
|Rag Radio 2012-12-14 - Singer-Songwriter & Activist Barbara K & Poet Don Paul - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Barbara K (Barbara Kooyman) is an American singer-songwriter and political activist based in Austin, Texas. She is joined on the show by New Orleans poet-activist Don Paul in discussing Artists for Media Diversity, and A4MD's "virtual album," "Artists for Vieques." Barbara K performs live, joined by Richard Bowden on violin and Gerald Torres on harmonica. Barbara K was half of the recording act Timbuk3, whose 1986 song, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” was a big hit in the U.S...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Barbara K; Don Paul; Artists for Media Diversity; Artists for Vieques; Austin Musicians
|Rag Radio 2012-12-07 - Dallas City Archivist John H Slate, Author of 'Lost Austin' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
John H. Slate is the archivist for the City of Dallas, where he is responsible for historic city government records in the Dallas Municipal Archives. Slate is the author of "Lost Austin," a recently published book in the “Images of America” series. "Lost Austin" records some of the city’s rich and unique history and most of the images depicted in the book are of seminal Austin places and institutions that no longer exist but that played an important role in shaping Austin's special charact...
Keywords: Rag Radio; John H. Slate:Thorne Dreyer; Dallas; Archivists; Austin History; Lost Austin; Slacker; Kennedy Assassination
|Rag Radio 2012-11-30 - Former Police Det. Howard Wooldridge, Drug Reform Advocate - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Howard "Cowboy" Wooldridge, who lives in Fort Worth, was a Michigan police officer for 18 years, retiring as a detective. Like many in law enforcement, he determined that arresting people for drugs is a waste of time and pulls resources away from fighting real crime. Unlike most, however, he embarked on a committed crusade to change the drug laws. Wooldridge was one of the five founders of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and is founder and director of Citizens Opposing Prohibition (C...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Howard Wooldridge; Thorne Dreyer; Drug Law Reform; Marijuana; Police Officers; War on Drugs
|Rag Radio 2012-11-16 - Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Guy Forsyth - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Austin-based Americana roots/blues singer-songwriter Guy Forsyth discusses issues like the spiritual nature of music and the social role of the musician, and the difficult economics for musicians in the internet age -- and in the massive Austin music scene today. And he performs four songs live on the show, accompanied by the other members of his trio, Jeff Botta and Nina Botta. Forsyth has been a part of the Austin music scene for 20 years and has won numerous Austin Music Awards, including “...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Guy Forsyth; Thorne Dreyer; Austin Music; Singer-Songwriters
|Rag Radio 2012-11-09 - Berlin-Based Activist David MacBryde on Germany & the Eurozone - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Former Austin peace and justice activist David MacBryde -- a Berlin-based correspondent for The Rag Blog -- offers a progressive perspective on developments in Germany and the Eurozone, including the European Occupy Movement and economic justice and environmental activities. MacBryde is a faith and economics-based social activist with roots in the Quaker church. Much of his work in Germany has involved the “Swords to Plowshares” movement, especially in the work of converting military bases t...
Keywords: Rag Radio; David MacBryde; German Politics; Eurozone; Austin History; SDS; Sixties; The Rag; The Rag Blog
|Rag Radio 2012-11-02 - Ann Richards Biographer Jan Reid & Radio Journalist Frieda Werden - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Jan Reid, the author of "Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards," is a senior writer for Texas Monthly and his writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Slate, and the New York Times. His other books include "The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock," "The Bullet Meant for Me," "Rio Grande," "Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm," and two award-winning novels, "Deerinwater" and "Comanche Sundown." Also joining us on the show was Frieda Werden of WINGS, the Women's International N...
Keywords: Rag Radio; KOOP; Jan Reid; Frieda Werden
|Rag Radio 2012-10-26 - Martin Duberman, Author of "Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Martin Duberman, author of "Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left," is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School, where he founded and for a decade directed the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. The author of more than 20 books, Duberman has won a Bancroft Prize and been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Martin Duberman; Thorne Dreyer; Howard Zinn; Historians; Author; Leftists
|Rag Radio 2012-10-19 - Singer-Songwriter, Author, Politician & Social Satirist Kinky Friedman - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Kinky Friedman is a country-rooted singer-songwriter, a novelist whose sardonic mysteries gained him a wide audience and critical notice, an edgy humorist and social satirist, and a former candidate for Governor of Texas. On the show -- which includes Kinky performing live -- we talk about his career and his adventures -- from being a chess prodigy who played a Grand Master at age seven, to his work with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, and his current "BiPolar" world tour...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Kinky Friedman; Texas Politics; Singer-Songwriters; Humorists; Texas Jewboys
|Rag Radio 2012-10-12 - Tom Hayden on the Drug War & the Peace Movement - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Peace and Justice activist Tom Hayden spoke on "The Drug War, the Peace Movement, and the Legacy of Port Huron" at the 5604 Manor Community Center in Austin, Saturday, August 25, 2012, at an event sponsored by The Rag Blog and Rag Radio. The talk was recorded by KOOP’s Allan Campbell and an edited version was originally broadcast on Allan’s People United show on Sept. 14, 2012. Hayden was also in Austin as a correspondent for The Nation, covering Mexican poet Javier Sicilia’s Caravan for P...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Tom Hayden; Thorne Dreyer; Peace Movement; Drug War; Port Huron; SDS
|Rag Radio 2012-10-05 - Tova Andrea Wang and Harvey Wasserman on Voter Suppression in America - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Author Tova Andrea Wang and journalist Harvey Wasserman discussed voter suppression and voter theft, including the issue of "voter fraud," the controversy over Voter IDs and the related court cases, the dangers posed by electronic voting machines, and the history of alleged election theft in Ohio, Florida, and elsewhere, as well as the use of voter suppression in partisan politics, almost exclusively (in recent history) by the Republican Party...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Tova Andrea Wang; Harvey Wasserman; Thorne Dreyer; Voter Suppression
|Rag Radio 2012-09-28 - Composer, Conductor, Jazz Musician, Writer & Scholar David Amram - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
David Amram -- who was a major figure in the early Beat movement -- has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works; written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films Splendor in The Grass and The Manchurian Candidate; two operas, including the groundbreaking Holocaust opera, The Final Ingredient; and the score for the landmark 1959 documentary Pull My Daisy, narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac...
Keywords: Rag Radio; David Amram; Jazz Musicians; Beat Movement; Jack Kerouac; Woody Guthrie
|Rag Radio 2012-09-21 - Singer-Songwriters Bob Cheevers & Noëlle Hampton and André Moran - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Singer-songwriters Bob Cheevers & Noëlle Hampton and André Moran perform live on the show and discuss their work, the larger music scene, and the relationship between musicians and their community. Bob Cheevers, who has been in the music business since the 60s, was the 2011 Texas Music Awards "Singer/Songwriter of The Year.” An Emmy-winning songwriter, Cheevers' releases have been in the UK’s Americana Top 10 and in the Top 20 and 30 on the U.S...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Bob Cheevers; Noelle Ham,on; Andre Moran; Thorne Dreyer; Singer-songwriters; Austin Music
|Rag Radio 2012-09-14 - Famed Texas Civil Rights & Labor Attorney David Richards - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
David Richards is a Texas civil rights and labor lawyer who has argued extensively before the U.S. and Texas Supreme Courts. According to Texas Monthly magazine, Richards, who is the ex-husband of the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, "has earned his place in Texas history" as "a rebel-rousing civil-rights lawyer who fought to make Texas just." Among his more notable cases were ones that established single member legislative districts in Texas and that declared the Texas obscenity statute unconstitu...
Keywords: Rag Radio; David Richards; Civil Rights; Texas History; The Rag
|Rag Radio 2012-09-07 - Political Analysts Glenn W. Smith & Peck Young on 2012 Presidential Elections - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Political analysts Glenn W. Smith and Peck Young join host Thorne Dreyer in discussing the Republican and Democratic conventions and 2012 presidential elections. Glenn W. Smith has spent the past 30 years as a writer, campaign manager, activist, and think tank analyst. A former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post, Smith led Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for Governor of Texas and worked for Texas Lt...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Glenn W Smith; Peck Young; Thorne Dreyer
|Rag Radio 2012-08-31 - Ethical Society's Tim Hayles, Unitarian Bonny Gardner & Eco-Troubadour Bill Oliver - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Our guests on Rag Radio were Tim Hayles of the Ethical Society of Austin and Bonny Gardner of Austin’s First Unitarian Universalist Church. They were joined by singer-songwriter and “eco-troubadour” Bill Oliver, who performed three songs on the show. This podcast was recorded during KOOP's membership drive and includes fundraising pitches. Tim Hayles, a software engineer with a Masters in Computer Science from Rice, has been active with the Ethical Society since 2002...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Tim Hayles; Bonny Gardner; Bill Oliver; Ethical Society; Unitarian Universalist Church
|Rag Radio 2012-08-24 - The Seedling Foundation and Truth Be Told - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Our guests are Nathalie Sorrell, Carol Waid, and Rutanya Pearson of Truth Be Told ("Helping Women Behind and Beyond Bars" in Texas), and Sari Waxler of the Seedling Foundation ("Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents"). This podcast was recorded during KOOP's membership drive and includes fundraising pitches. Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz...
Keywords: Rag Radio; The Seedling Foundation; Truth Be Told; Texas Prisons
|Rag Radio 2012-08-17 - Authors Mike Lapham & Lynn Stout on Economic Myths & Corporate Responsibility - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Mike Lapham is the director of United for a Fair Economy’s Responsible Wealth project and co-author of "The Self-Made Myth: And the Truth about How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed" (Barrett Koehler, 2012). Since 1997, he's been organizing business leaders and wealthy individuals in the top 5% of income and/or wealth to speak out in favor of progressive taxes (including a strong estate tax), living wages, and corporate accountability...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Mike Lapham; Lynn Stout; Thorne Dreyer; Authors
|Rag Radio 2012-08-10 - Bruce Melton & Roger Baker on Climate Change & the Global 'Tipping Point' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Rag Blog writers Bruce Melton and Roger Baker discuss developments in climate science, including the current record-setting heat wave and drought, in the context of increasing global warming caused by man-made climate change. And they talk about the potential confluence of global crises -- including climate change, peak oil, population growth, and the widespread destruction of ecosystems -- that could lead to major global disasters including famine and hunger wars...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Bruce Melton; Roger Baker; Climate Change; Global Warming; Environment; The Rag Blog
|Rag Radio 2012-08-03 - Leftist Journalist Jack A. Smith, Former Editor, the Guardian (U.S.) - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Long-time radical activist and progressive journalist Jack A. Smith worked with the leftist newsweekly, the Guardian (originally the National Guardian), for 21 years, as a writer, news editor, and then editor. The National Guardian was founded in 1948 to promote the views of the Progressive Party and during the late 1960s through the 1970s the Guardian was the largest circulation independent left-wing paper in the United States...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Jack A. Smith; Thorne Dreyer; National Guardian; Progressive Journalists; American Leftists; Sixties; Draft Resisters
|Rag Radio 2012-07-27 - Actor & Radical Atty Brady Coleman, Jim Simons, & The Melancholy Ramblers - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Screen actor, musician, and former Movement lawyer, Brady Coleman is joined by his band, The Melancholy Ramblers, who perform live, and by Coleman's former law partner, Jim Simons. Brady Coleman was a radical lawyer from the late ‘60s through the '80s, working with a movement law commune in Austin, Texas. He and his original partners -- Jim Simons and Cam Cunningham -- were heavily involved in major anti-war and civil rights litigation, defending campus radicals, black, Chicano, and American I...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Brady Coleman; Melancholy Ramblers; Jim Simons; Austin Law Commune; Cam Cunningham; Movement Lawyers; Sixties
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|Rag Radio 2012-07-13 - Peace Activist Jim Turpin on the "Myth of American Exceptionalism" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Peace Activist and writer Jim Turpin discusses issues related to his article, "The Myth of American Exceptionalism," published by The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com). Turpin points out that the United States is number one in the world in military spending with troop presence in over 150 countries; has record levels of hunger, poverty and unemployment; has seen the rise of an Orwellian national security state; and has experienced "obscene accumulation of wealth by a corporate plutocracy" -- wi...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Jim Turpin; Thorne Dreyer; American Exceptionalism; Activists; Writers; The Rag Blog
|Rag Radio 2012-07-06 - Legacy of La Raza Unida w/ Maria Elena Martinez & Luz Bazan Gutierrez - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
“In 1970 young Mexican American firebrands in South Texas rose up to demand change, speaking out against discrimination and creating their own political party, which they called La Raza Unida. In the span of about eight years, La Raza Unida energized a youthful following, spread to other states and elected candidates in Texas' predominantly rural Mexican American communities where Anglos historically dominated.....
Keywords: Rag Radio; Maria Elena Martinez; Luz Bazan Gutierrez; La Raza Unida; Thorne Dreyer
|Rag Radio 2012-06-29 - Peruvian Social Psychologist Cristina Herencia on Indigenous Peoples - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Cristina Herencia is a Peruvian social psychologist who works in interdisciplinary social sciences with a specialty in the study of indigenous peoples. On this show she discusses the effect of globalization and the spread of global capitalism on native peoples, especially in the Americas; the historical -- and continuing -- injustices committed against native peoples; the reemergence of indigenous peoples' movements on the public scene and the role of the United Nations in providing them with a ...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Cristina Herencia; Thorne Dreyer; Sociologists; Indingenous Peoples; Globalization; Peru
|Rag Radio 2012-06-22 - Gail & Betsy Leondar-Wright on Gay Marriage & Social Justice - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Gail and Betsy Leondar-Wright, who have been together since 1991, were among the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the United States -- on May 23, 2004, in Arlington, Massachusetts, the week the state made same-sex marriage legal. We discuss their marriage, the gay marriage and LGBT movements in America, and the larger issues of class and progressive social change to which they are committed...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; LGBT; Gay Marriage; Gail Leondar-Wright; Betsy Leondar-Wright; Classism; Social Activists
|Rag Radio 2012-06-15 American Botanical Council's Mark Blumenthal on Herbal Medicine - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Mark Blumenthal is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. We discuss issues involving research, regulation, marketing, and responsible use of medicinal plants and other alternatives to traditional Western medicine. Blumenthal is the editor and publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Mark Blumenthal; Thorne Dreyer; Herbal Medicine; Alternative Medicine
|Rag Radio 2012-06-08 - Texas Observer Founding Editor Ronnie Dugger - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Brad Buchholz of the Austin American-Statesman called Ronnie Dugger “the godfather of progressive journalism in Texas.” Dugger was the founding editor of The Texas Observer from 1954 to 1961, and later served as the Observer’s publisher, spending more than 40 years with the crusading Texas tabloid. In 1966 he proposed and co-founded the Alliance for Democracy, a national grassroots anti-big-corporate organization...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Ronnie Dugger; Thorne Dreyer; Texas Observer; Lyndon Johnson; journalists
|Rag Radio 2012-06-01 - Singer/Songwriter & Peace Activist David Rovics - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
David Rovics is an American indie singer/songwriter and activist for peace and social justice. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls, and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the Left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and other networks...
Keywords: Rag Radio; David Rovics; Singer/Songwriters; Peace Activists; Thorne Dreyer
|Rag Radio 2012-05-25 - Psychedelic Blues Pioneer Spencer Perskin of Shiva's Headband - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Founded in 1967, Shiva’s Headband, Spencer Perskin's pioneering psychedelic blues group, served as house band at Austin’s original Sixties music hall, the Vulcan Gas Co., and was the first group to perform at the historic Armadillo World Headquarters. Shiva's played with such luminaries as Spirit, Steppenwolf, ZZ Top, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, and Steve Miller. “Take Me to the Mountains,” produced by Perskin for Capitol Records, was the first record released nationally by an Austin band...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Spencer Perskin; Shiva's Headband: Austin Music; Thorne Dreyer; Sixties; Psychedelic Rock
|Rag Radio 2012-05-04 - Chris Mooney, Author of "The Republican Brain" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Chris Mooney is the author of "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science -- and Reality," and of the 2005 New York Times bestseller, "The Republican War on Science." Scientific American calls Mooney "one of the few journalists in the country who specialize in the now dangerous intersection of science and politics." Mooney also hosts the "Point of Inquiry" podcast, writes the "Intersection" blog for Science Progress, and has written for Mother Jones, American Prospect, Harper's, ...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Chris Mooney; The Republican Brain; Authors; Psychology; Conservative Politics; Neuroscience
|Rag Radio 2012-04-27 - Theologian and Social Ethicist Gary Dorrien - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Theologian and Social Ethicist Gary Dorrien, an Episcopal priest and professor at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, has been described by Cornel West as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today.” On Rag Radio Dorrien discussed liberal Christian theology and the social gospel in relation to contemporary politics and progressive political movements and issues of social and economic justice...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Gary Dorrien; Thorne Dreyer; Theologians; Social Critics; Economic Justice
|Rag Radio 2012-04-20 - David P. Hamilton & Philip L. Russell on 2012 Elections in France & Mexico - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
David P. Hamilton and Philip L. Russell are long-time Austin-based writers and activists who have recently written comprehensive analytical articles about the upcoming presidential elections in France and Mexico, respectively, for The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com). They discuss those elections, the issues involved, and the potential political ramifications. They also discuss the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, and especially issues related to the drug war and drug lega...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; David P. Hamilton; Philip L. Russell; France; Mexico; The Rag Blog; World Politics